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Warring sides trade blame in fresh Syria talks

Published on Feb 11, 2014 1:08 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - A new round of Syrian peace talks got off to a rocky start on Monday, with the warring sides blaming each other for escalating violence and difficulties getting aid to the besieged city of Homs.

The United Nations and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi began the latest session in Geneva by shuttling between the government and opposition teams, which continued to lob blame back and forth as they did throughout the first round of talks in late January.

Brahimi seemed to have come prepared for the logjam.

In a letter in Arabic sent to the two delegations ahead of the talks, and seen by AFP, he suggested that the parties not immediately resume the joint meetings they had had in January, but wait until the second or third day, in the hope that "separate sessions can lead to some positive outcomes".

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